The Capital City Marathon Association is dedicated to supporting healthy living through running and nutrition. For over 35 years, the Association has been dedicated to involving volunteers, local schools and businesses. We are community driven, not profit driven.
The marathon, half marathon, five miler, and kids run are organized and supported entirely by volunteers. There is no paid staff. We do use a timing company to provide accurate race results whether runners are participating to qualify for the Boston Marathon or just for their own well-being. This allows us to both charge the lowest rates possible and provide a quality experience. Our intent is to provide running opportunities for anyone inclined to run and to involve high school running groups.
The Association has come to rely on high school cross country teams to support our Marathon Training Group training runs early Saturday mornings January through May. Their volunteer experience culminates the third weekend in May when the actual race event is held. Youth learn about community participation and the Association maintains an important involvement with local high schools and school sports.
In all, $15,000 or more in grants is given to cash strapped high school running sports and student athletes in our community. This year we are working with the following schools:
- Black Hills High School
- Capital High School
- Olympia High School
- North Thurston High School
- River Ridge High School
- South Sound High School
- Tenino High School
- Timberline High School
- Tumwater High School
- WF West (Chehalis)
The Capital City Marathon Association has established a foundation through the
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound that is
dedicated to supporting local groups that promote healthy running activities and events in the greater Thurston County area.
The interest earnings will provide grant awards consistent with running and healthy lifestyles.
Our foundation is set up to accept donations from the public in addition to the Association's contributions.
The Capital City Marathon Foundation awards its first grant
We also take great pride in supporting our local businesses. Our event is “home grown;” and we purchase our goods locally as often as possible. The design you see each year on our shirts and registration materials are developed by a local graphic designer. We are proud of having a good working relationship with our local government officials. We work with three levels of government to ease the impact of our event on state, city, and county facilities and property. Representatives of each governmental organization have been very supportive of the Capital City Marathon over the years that the race has been in existence. They have assisted us with road closures, police, emergency services and anything else that needed to be done. We owe our supporters (volunteers, local businesses, governmental agencies, runners, local high schools and others) a great deal of gratitude for helping the Capital City Marathon Association achieve a very successful annual local running event.